American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

Training the Next Generation of Surgeons: Making it Stick, Making it Real, Making it Together

Monday, June 12, 2017
8:00 am–5:00 pm (PST)

University of Washington WWAMI Institute for Simulation in Healthcare (WISH)
Harborview Medical Center
Research and Training Building, Auditorium, (1st Floor Lobby)
325 Ninth Avenue, Seattle, WA


As surgical technologies advance, simulation science has become a fundamental building block for lifelong training and assessment—starting in residency, but not stopping there. While there is no shortage of data-driven, valid curricula in surgical education and training, it’s a challenge to keep up with quickly evolving techniques and effectively applying them more broadly. This forum will explore important considerations for implementing modern simulation training in surgery with a goal to formulate principles and standards that will maximize its value and, ultimately, improve surgeon performance.

Your Participation

We will bring together multiple stakeholders—medical educators, residency programs, hospital leadership, industry, policy leaders, insurers, surgeons, and others—to participate in this interactive forum featuring panel discussions and a workshop to discuss how we can effectively move the needle in surgical simulation and training. Please join us for this very important discussion.

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Current Meeting Agenda

7:30–8:00 am

Breakfast and Networking

(1st Floor Lobby)

8:00–8:30 am

Welcome and Overview

Carlos Pellegrini, MD, FACS, Chief Medical Officer, UW Medicine, Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Washington
Paul Ramsey, MD, CEO, UW Medicine; Dean and Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs, UW School of Medicine
Robert Sweet, MD, FACS, Professor of Urology, Medical Director, UW Medicine Kidney Stone Center at Northwest Hospital, Executive Director, WISH and CREST, UW Medicine
David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, Executive Director, ACS
Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC Director, Division of Education, ACS

8:30–8:50 am

Framing the Issues

Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, Director, Division of Education, ACS

8:50–9:50 am

Making It Stick: Implementation and Sustainment of Competency-Based Training Curricula Panel

Moderator: Mika Sinanan, MD, PhD, Professor of Surgery; Founder, WISH, UW

Nahush Mokadam, MD, FACS, FACC
, Lester and Connie LeRoss Endowed Professor in Cardiovascular Surgery, Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Surgical Director, Heart Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support, Program Director, Cardiothoracic Residency, University of Washington Medical Center
Helen MacRae, MD, FACS, FRCSC, Colorectal Surgeon, Mount Sinai Hospital, Professor of Surgery, University of Toronto
Col (ret) Mark W. Bowyer, MD, FACS, DMCC, Ben Eiseman Professor of Surgery, Director of Surgical Simulation and Chief of Trauma and Combat Surgery, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Andrew Wright, MD, FACS, Director, UW Medicine Hernia Center, Northwest Hospital 

9:50–10:20 am

Break/Tour of WISH

10:20–11:20 am

Making It Real: The Next Generation of Simulation Technology Presentation

Moderator: Robert Sweet, MD, FACS, Professor of Urology, Medical Director, UW Medicine Kidney Stone Center at Northwest Hospital, Executive Director, WISH and CREST, UW Medicine

David Hananel
, BSEE, BACS, Director, University of Washington Center for Research in Education and Simulation Technologies (CREST)
Jack Norfleet, Chief Engineer for the Medical Simulation and Performance, U.S. Army Research Laboratory Advanced Training and Simulation Division (ATSD)
Troy Reihsen, Director, Artificial Tissue Lab, CREST
Rodney Metoyer, Staff Engineer, Health Effects and Risk Assessment Group, Applied Research Associates, Inc

11:20 am–12:05 pm

Keynote Address—Purposeful and Deliberate Practice: Implications for Effective Training, Improved Education, and Sustained Life-Long Learning

K. Anders Ericsson, PhD, Conradi Eminent Scholar and Professor of Psychology, Florida State University

12:05–1:05 pm

Networking Lunch

1:05–2:00 pm

Distributive Learning and Assessment Panel

Moderator: Suzanne Allen, MD, MPH, Vice Dean for Academic, Rural and Regional Affairs, University of Washington School of Medicine

Roger Tatum, MD, FACS
, Professor and Chief of Surgery, VA Puget Sound Health Care System; Director of Medical Student Surgical Education, University of Washington
Andrew Hung, MD, Center for Robotic Simulation & Education Director, Assistant Professor of Clinical Urology, Associate Residency  Program Director, USC Institute of Urology, Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California
Thomas Lendvay, MD, FACS, Co-Director of the Seattle Robotic Surgery Program; Director, Pediatric Urology Fellowship, Seattle Children’s Hospital

2:00–2:30 pm

Break/Tour of WISH

2:30–4:30 pm

Making It Together: Team Performance and a New Horizon of Patient Safety Workshop

Directed by: Ross Ehrmantraut, RN, CCRN, Clinical Director of Team Performance, WISH

Co-facilitated by:
Dr. Pellegrini
; Farrah Leland, JD, Associate Director of WISH, Co-Chair of Administration & Management Committee for the American College of Surgeons Accredited Education Institutes
Megan Sherman, MAEdHD, Associate Director of WISH

4:30–5:00 pm

Closing Remarks

Event Details

Registration is free and breakfast and lunch will be provided for all forum attendees.

Parking is available at the Harborview Medical Center Ninth and Jefferson Building Garage on Terry Avenue off of James Street. Link light rail and UW shuttle public transportation options are also available.

Attendees are responsible for their own travel and lodging. Please note, if you are traveling to Seattle, the following hotels near Harborview Medical Center and in the greater Seattle area near downtown currently have availability June 11-12. If you haven’t already, please consider booking soon as UW graduation is that week and accommodations are filling quickly.

Downtown Hotels Near Harborview:

Hotel Sorrento
900 Madison St.
Seattle, WA 98104
Located .4 miles from Harborview Medical Center. Rooms there are starting at $399 per night plus taxes. 

Silver Cloud Hotel Broadway
1100 Broadway
Seattle, WA 98122
Located .7 miles from Harborview Medical Center. Rooms there start at $289 per night plus taxes.

Watertown Hotel
4242 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA, 98105
Located 4.7 miles from Harborview Medical Center. Rates begin at $249/night. Located directly across the street from UW Health Sciences Express Shuttle Service stop at UW Roosevelt Clinic with 10-15 minute route to Harborview Medical Center.

Hotel Options in Bellevue:

Sheraton Bellevue

100 112th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
Located 11 miles from Harborview Medical Center. Rates begin at $219/night.

Seattle Marriott Bellevue
200 110th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
Located 11 miles from Harborview Medical Center. Rates begin at $233/night.

Hyatt Regency Bellevue
900 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
Located 11 miles from Harborview Medical Center. Rates begin at $279/night.

Hilton Bellevue
300 112th Avenue SE
Bellevue, WA 98004
Located 10 miles from Harborview Medical Center. Rates begin at $298/night.

Hosted by

Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC
Director, Division of Education
American College of Surgeons

David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS
Executive Director
American College of Surgeons

Robert Sweet, MD, FACS
Professor of Urology
Executive Director, UW WISH/CREST
Medical Director, Kidney Stone Program

Carlos A. Pellegrini, MD, FACS
Chief Medical Officer, UW Medicine
Vice President for Medical Affairs
University of Washington


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